A Philly Accent? Fuhgeddaboudit

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Like most Philadelphia natives, I know the sound of a Philadelphia accent:

“So I tollum straight up, ‘Yo, Paulie, your sister’s wit me.  And we’re gawna ride widges down-ashore or this car don’t make it past Pashunk Avenue!’ ”

And like most Philadelphia natives, I don’t hear any accent in my voice when ordering kawfee at the Melrose or wooder ice at Rita’s.  Yanohwaddamean?

Seriously, me?  An accent?  Fuhgeddaboudit.

Nevertheless, I was disturbed by the recent headline “The Strange Decline of the Philly Accent” in the Atlantic magazine‘s online site, www.theatlanticcities.com.

Read more:  http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20130407_A_Philly_accent__Fuhgeddaboudit.html